Blue-state governance is scaring away residents by the hundreds of thousands.
Crime is one of the major reasons why.
And New York City’s mayor just did something for rioters that will make you sick.
Deep-blue areas like New York City have become failed experiments in pro-crime policies.
The “restorative justice” ethos that made New York City notoriously dangerous in the 1970s and 1980s is back with a vengeance.
Not only are criminals getting light sentences and released on no bail, they’re actually getting paid for being criminals.
The city just awarded $13.7 million in a lawsuit settlement to Black Lives Matter protesters and rioters who were arrested in 2020 during the Summer of George Floyd.
Fox News reports the settlement “would be among the most expensive payouts ever for mass arrests…The lawsuit focused on 18 protests that erupted in New York City in the week following George Floyd’s death in May. According to attorneys for the plaintiffs, eligible persons can receive $9,950 in compensation.”
So people responsible for mass mayhem could be getting a check for just under ten grand.
Fox News noted that the rioting and looting “following the 2020 killing of Floyd resulted in at least 18 deaths, $350 million worth of property damage in the Minneapolis area, and nearly $2 billion nationwide. About 10,000 people were arrested in the span of a few days.”
The $2 billion in damage is simply what was covered by insurance – the actual damage was substantially higher.
If bailing out rioters and paying them $10,000 is not promoting pro-crime policies, it’s hard to figure out what else could possibly qualify.
Even socialist former mayor Bill de Blasio lamented the fact that policies like zero-bail were a failure.
After high rates of recidivism, de Blasio said, “It sort of stands out like a sore thumb that this is the single biggest new thing in the equation and we saw an extraordinary jump…Of course there’s always a possibility this is plain statistical variation, that happens sometimes…But I think it’s pretty clear that there’s only one new major piece in the equation.”
Pro-crime policies do not work, and paying rioters will only exacerbate the problem.
And this isn’t even the most outrageous settlement the city has paid this month.
New York City also paid $1.8 billion to black and Hispanic prospective teachers who failed the state certification test because it was “racist.”
No evidence was given for why or how the test was racist, but the neo-Marxist doctrine of critical race theory states that any disparities between racial groups is a sign of unjust discrimination.
One plaintiff received $2 million for hypothetical lost wages and benefits…for failing a test.
New York City and other cities practicing the “woke” religion of progressivism are rewarding criminality and failure.
And the results are clear.